Blarney rescue shows need for first responder teams

Blarney rescue shows need for first responder teams
Blarney First Responders group including Jeremy Downey (second from right) who delivered first aid to the US tourist who collapsed at Blarney Castle.

A BLARNEY man who saved the life of a US tourist is calling for the introduction of first responder teams in communities across Cork.

First responder, Jeremy Downey came to the rescue of 59-year-old David Motte after he experienced a cardiac arrest at the top of Blarney Castle last Friday. Mr Motte had been enjoying a holiday with his wife Joy, who was exploring her Irish heritage, before collapsing just a few steps from the top of Blarney Castle.

The alarm was raised while first responder Jeremy was working on the grounds of the castle with Downey Cleaning. A defibrillator and CPR were used in the efforts to revive North Carolina native Mr Motte who was airlifted by Irish Coast Guard helicopter R115 to Cork University Hospital.

While Mr Motte is now recovering well and has been released from hospital, Mr Downey acknowledged that more first responders teams are required to save lives in other communities. “Luckily, the Blarney Castle staff here were on the ball time-wise,” he said. The first four to six minutes a person goes into cardiac arrest are the most important. After that, the heart no longer has a shockable rhythm. More often than not an ambulance will take longer than six minutes which is why first responders are so critically important.”

Mr Downey described the service as a way of giving back to the community. “My own father Con was shocked back to life back in 1999 while in Cyprus. Eighteen years later he is still with us and this is what pushed me to get involved in Blarney First Responders.”

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